Francesco Spicuzza

Termini, Sicily 1883 — 1962 Milwaukee

Spicuzza came to Milwaukee as a child and around 1900 his artistic talent attracted the attention of the editor and publisher of the Evening Wisconsin, John Cramer, who became his patron. Finances were tight, but eventually Spicuzza made his way to the Art Students’ League Summer School in Woodstock, New York. His charming Impressionist paintings appealed to students and collectors alike, and his career flourished. He even acquired a summer home in West Bend—giving him easy access to painting Big Cedar Lake and its environs.